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Al Jazeera America
Nov 16, 2013 3:00am EST
to be given to us, not the government, because then we won't get it at all." there's a lot of frustration towards the government altogether among the survivors of the disaster. >> thank you very much for that update. steph joining us from cebu airport. >> to other news - british prime minister david cameron gave sri lanka's government until march to investigate alleged human rights abuses dating back to its civil war. david cameron, attending a summit of commonwealth leaders became the first foreign leader to visit the north of the country. he met displaced civilians living in camps four years after the war ended. talks were held with the sri lankan president, and it's vital investigations are vetted. >> it means transprnt and independent investigations into war crimes. let me be clear. if that is not completed by march, i'll use our position on the u.n. human rights council to work with the u.n. human rights commissioner and call for an international inquiry. >> our correspondent is live in colombo for us. what is the reaction to david cameron's call in sri lanka. does it hav
Al Jazeera America
Nov 11, 2013 10:00am EST
tell us little more about this road map for cooperation. what is the significance? what does it mean? >> reporter: it means that i believe in my humble opinion that they have reached understanding on technical and scientific issues. usually in such kind of meetings such as in geneva, and before that in baghdad, all you get is we agreed, we didn't agree, postpone. but what are the technical things that they're talking about. scientific evidences? i believe, and i said this months ago when there is a planet in the middle of iraq called irak, and they have using heavy water, and i said eight months ago i believe after a decade of doubt that iran's nuclear program is peaceful purposes because i used behind what is happening between these meetings. >> this agreement will give i.a.e.a. access to the uranium mine. we all know what the uranium does in the nuclear process, what is heavy water used for. >> heavy water is used instead of ordinary water in nuclear power stations. it's used because of its slowing ability of the neutrons so they can run a nuclear reactor without uranium enriched t
Al Jazeera America
Nov 1, 2013 3:00am EDT
find a video said to show him smoking crack cocaine. >> joining us for a developing story out of syria, where u.n. arab league lakhdar brahimi has been speaking. he has been talking about efforts to end the war there, and plans for a conference in geneva. >> i am going meet representatives from russia and united states, our partners in the trilateral format - we have been working together for quite some time now. i think probably in the afternoon or the second day representatives of the rest of the p5 will join us and maybe other countries. there are some very, very serious efforts being developed everywhere to try and make this conference possible. but, you know, we will say it's happened only when it happens. >> that was lakhdar brahimi speaking a few moments ago in damascus. let's get some comment from our correspondent hoda who is in lebanon. >> as lakhdar brahimi tries to get all parties to sign up to the geneva ii conference, he says the syrian people continue to suffer. as many as a third of them are directly caught up in the conflict. >> he said the solution was more urgents no
Al Jazeera America
Nov 21, 2013 2:00pm EST
and tax breaks for companies that are shipping jobs overseas. they have even been used to block common sense, and widely supported steps to protect more americans from gun violence. even as families of victims sat in the senate chamber and watched. they have prevented far too many americans from serving their country. it has harmed our economy, and be harmful to our democracy. and it's brought us to the point where a simple majority vote no longer seems to be sufficient for anything. even routine business. through what is supposed to be the world's greatest then rahtive body. i realize that neither party has been blameless. for these tactics. they have developed over the years. and it seems as if they are continually escalated but today's pattern of obstruction it just isn't normal. it's not what our founders envisioned. the deliberate and determined effort to obstruct everything no matter where the merits just to refight the results of an election is not normal. and for the sake of future generations we can't really become normal. so i support the step the majority of senators
Al Jazeera America
Nov 26, 2013 4:00pm EST
possess that right, but they are using the right to religious liberty as a way to carve out noncompliance with civil rights that are well established under the constitution, or are well established as public norms against discrimination. >> today the white house release add statement saying the affordable care act already protects these believes. the administration does not think that corporate ceos should make health decisions for individuals. all right, a little bit more on that white house statement. let's do that right now. he is at the white house, and mike, the white house as randall noted is quick to put a statement out on this. >> sure, they point out they themselves asked the street to review the change to the law. of course the street announced they are going to do just that. let's do more from that statement. the healthcare law puts womens and families in control by covering vital preventive care, like cancer screenings and birth control free of charge. and then it goes on we believe this requirement is essential to women's health, and are confident the street wil
Al Jazeera America
Nov 1, 2013 5:00am EDT
second day, the representatives of the rest of the p 5 will join us and other countries. there are some very, very serious efforts being developed everywhere to try and make this conference possible. but, you know, we will say it when it happens. >> reporter: let's go to al jazeera and in beirut in lebanon where they are going in the coming hours and they say geneva two will not happen or go ahead without opposition but that are divided whether to take part and the conditions it wants for doing so. >> absolutely. they said it would be preferable to have one opposition united speaking under the same umbrella or attending under the same umbrella, which is actually not the position of either syria or russia. they seem to think there are several oppositions and they seem to think or they are backing what is called the domestic opposition, that means opposition parties that are based in damascus and never taken up weapons against the government. so you do have very difficult issue to solve there before going to the geneva two conference if it happens. also you have to bear in mind that
Al Jazeera America
Nov 20, 2013 5:00am EST
us? >> the number of attacks has gone up to 9 in abu graib, another neighbour hood. there was an improvised explosive device killing at least one, bring the death toll up to 30 people killed, and something like 75 people injured. we are hearing that there was an assassination on a government state employee, an employee of the electricity company in baghdad in the last 20 or so minutes as well. what the baghdad operations command told us, and these are the people responsible for securing baghdad is in the last hour there was an attempted suicide bomber who tried to detonate his explosives at a checkpoint. he was shot and killed. what is interesting is the baghdad operation command says that this man was a pakistani national. if that is true, that's the first time we heard of someone that far afield coming into iraq to take part in attacks here. we have heard of afghan nationals taking part in attacks here. that hasn't happened since 2011. i have covered security in pakistan. i have said that they have enough jihad, holy war in their own country to send fighters this far afield. we
Al Jazeera America
Nov 21, 2013 5:00am EST
there in kabul for us. >> elsewhere in afghanistan three people, including a child were killed in an explosion in kandahar. the blast happened at a restaurant. 20 were injured. it was not clear whether it was a timed device or suicide bombing. no one claimed responsibility for the attack. in neighbouring pakistan a u.s. drone attack killed at least six and targeted a religious school believed to be owned by the anti-haqqani group. >> an explosion in southern pakistan killed four. a remote controlled bomb was strapped to a bicycle, exploding at a checkpoint. eight have been wounded. there has been a separate attack at a border crossing between pakistan and afghanistan. three were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a customs building. >> results are expected from mozambique's local elections, mayors are being chosen and assembly members. voting went peacefully despite conthey weres that supporters of ramanno would distribute the ballot. >> refugees in kenya have been told it's time to go home. both signed an agreement with the united nations to repatriate them. under t
Al Jazeera America
Nov 12, 2013 1:00pm EST
about just how badly hit they are. is still coming in. is lye for us where many people are in desperate need of food. in manila looking into the challenges of getting aid to those that need it. he is in pallor, which is one of the worst affected areas. >> it is not until you see it from the air that it becomes truly evident. very little was able to with stand its power. in this catholic country, the church is at the center of the community. some are still standing, but it will be a long time before they are restored to their former glory. people in the effected areas are congestion rate for food, water and shelter. the weather is deteriorating again. leading people to look for protection in whatever is left of their homes. >> we have to stay here, because we don't have any money to leave, and we don't have anything to improve our shelter either. so we have to cope. >> as the storm clouds roll in, helicopters and the aid that is supposed to be delivering to outlying areas stay grounded. trekking across is the only way in or out. the locals try their best to year what they can with the fe
Al Jazeera America
Nov 26, 2013 2:00pm EST
morning and the snow has not let up at all. it is really quite a mess. use a little bit extra time. >> . >> pittsburgh's thanksgiving snowstorm with plows, shovel, and a sense of humor. >> it is fun. >> it is fun. >> yes, it is fun. it is christmas weather. >> the storm that pummeled the mid section barrels east today, coating highways with a mix of sleet, and slushy snow. in washington icy roads snarled morning traffic. >> the road crews on 12 hour shifts to keep highways clear. >> the week of thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest travel periods of the year. the aaa estimated 38 million americans will hit the highway this week. the national weather service thinks the brunt will be over by wednesday night, or early thursday morning and that can help some dinner guests reach their destinations on time. >> i have a lot of people coming in from columbus, and al tuna pa, so they will be driving but they aren't driving until thursday. the pennsylvania department of transportation and he said you know despite the slushy weather we have. on the highways here in pennsylvania, da
Al Jazeera America
Nov 24, 2013 12:00pm EST
place called iraq which is using heavy water that could be conceivably converted into plutonium. another nuclear weapon deal. john kerry and all down the line call this is a first step. the inspectors will be in the country on a daily basis on invieinstrusive inspections rche here is john kerry today. >> we do this with our eyes wide open. you don't do this on somebody's states tstatestatements you t t. we have kept the base sick basic architecture of sachk sanctionsn place. and over the next couple of months we'll be able to put to test what ey rans iran's sancti. >> they are bringing iran to the table to begin with. the concern with the critics is at the end of the six months the international coalition that did take a bite out of iran's economy by imposing these sanctions is not going to want to go back and reinforce them and iran is going to get way with something. >> and the most vocal critic is benjamin netanyahu. he says it's bad deal. we'll take a listen to that report and pick it up on the other side. >> there was no celebration in israel's corridors of power. a grim fa
Al Jazeera America
Nov 8, 2013 3:00am EST
international federation of the red cross, she spoke to us a little earlier from the philippines. >> in the area we based we are in the main county the power is cut and the water supply has been affected too, so there has been damage, some minimal damage in the area where we are based at the moment. but our main concern is the areas on the island northwest where the storm hit harder and where the area had already been devastated by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake three weeks ago. so that's going to be it the main focus for the philippines red cross base on this island today. this week the philippine red cross has been directing emergency aid items and also giving advice to people to prepare for the storm, obviously because we have known for a few days that it was coming and that it would be serious, so people have been given emergency kids and emergency shelter. but they are still extremely vulnerable because you are talking about thousands of people who were already living in makeshift shelters because their homes had been destroyed in the earthquake. >>> u.s. pr*es barack obama says sign
Al Jazeera America
Nov 7, 2013 10:00am EST
. >> the shooting happened around five kilometers from the center of the city. forces accompany us as we make our way there. witnesses say on the night of october 26, a local man brought soldiers to the hut. he told them anti-government rebels were hiding inside. >> there is clear evidence of what happened here. we have found spent casings, and bullets belonging to the group. there is dried blood all over the ground, and even the bullets embedded in the wall surrounded by blood. the stench of death here is just overwhelming. there were 30 people crowded inside this tiny shack. it is incredible that anyone managed to survive when the shooting started. >> there is a grave. we're told three victims were buried here by their relatives. >> clarice's husband shows us where he was hiding. he watched helpless as his 6-year-old son was killed. >> when they shot my little boy, he fell to the ground. i lay down on the ground, too, and i heard my wife screaming and crying. i broke down in tears. i was devastated. >> human rights groups say security you forces in central african rehad been are out of
Al Jazeera America
Nov 1, 2013 4:00pm EDT
acted at least right now he was the only person armed in this incident. >> brian rooney joins us on the phone from los angeles international airport. give us the latest. the latest information that you have from the scree the scene. >> reporter: the biggest question right now who the shooter is. obviously officers know but they haven't told us who the shooter is. he shot his way through the screening area of the terminal and went into terminal three where there was a gun battle. they did not say how many shots might have been fired, but six people were injured and taken to the hospital. right now the airport is basically shutdown. i have not seen a flight landing in quite awhile now. flights certainly are not going out. the planes are on hold all over the country. now thousands of passengers have been streaming out of the airport, walking along a major avenue outside l.a.x. with their rolling bag looking for some kind of transportation to get them out of here, or to get a hospital room if they need to spend the night. it's quite a scene. they say it will be hours before this airport is
Al Jazeera America
Nov 26, 2013 1:00pm EST
for us in washington, d.c., give us what details we know? what exactly did the aircraft do in the china self-declared air defense zone? >> what we know is that around midnight washington time, rather, 7:00 p.m. washington time, those two bombers entered this newly declared air defense identification zone. they all have an air defense zone in sort of the general area, but expanded it over the weekend. to include this area that includes the disputed islands that you mentioned a moment ago. so 7:00 p.m., washington time, midnight gmt, these bombers went into that zone, without filing what is now required by china, that is the flight plan, the radio frequency, and the transponder information of the mission that's underway. so direct challenge to the new ryements from beijing. the u.s. says this was a routine training exercise. long planned called corral lightening. they had also said anyway that they weren't going to abide by any of these new rules anyway. china apparently did not make contact with the planes while they are in this newly identified chinese zone, this air defense zone,
Al Jazeera America
Nov 28, 2013 5:00am EST
intention of dancing back to the kremlin's tune. it's also a very useful way of getting the blood moving again after a subzero night camp out on independence square. this woman is taking part in the demoptions because she believes an important decision on europe should not be made by a handful of politicians in kiev, but by all the people. >> translation: i'm a huge optimist and a romantic. i'm 95% sure our president viktor yanukovych will not sign the agreement. there's still hope though. i'll stay here for that remaining 5%. >> the day started with the national anthem. ukraine hasn't died yet, nor glory nor freedom, they sang. tarrize is a veteran protestor, 73 and a great grandfather. he took part in the orange revolution, and credits that spirit with surviving three cardiac arrests. it has not dimmed his appetite, nor determination to see his country move towards europe. >> i think the youth of our country will achieve inspiration with the rest of europe. we don't expect help from our president. he's a gunning man. >> strong-armed tactics used by the kremlin to keep ukraine ou
Al Jazeera America
Nov 24, 2013 2:00am EST
minister spoke at the same time. >> i believe it is important that we all of us take the opportunity to end an unnecessary crisis and open new hzans based on respect for the rights of iranian people, and removal of any doubts about the exclusively peaceful nature of iran's nuclear program. >> under the deal iran agreed to halt all enrichment above 5% and neutralize a stockpile of 20% enriched uranium. it will halt progress on its enrichment capacity. it won't build enrichment or increase stockpiles of 3.5% slow enriched uranium. iran will allow access to inspectors from the atomic nuclear agent to its sites. there'll be a limited easing of specific economic sanctions. this first step is all about building trust. the agreement will last for six months. president obama made sure that if iran doesn't meet the commitments the pressure will be stepped up. >> that may be little consolation to israel who has had been vooementally opposed. it is up to the u.s. to convince their allies that a settlement is the best way forward. this was never going to be easy. it seems that 30 years of isolat
Al Jazeera America
Nov 9, 2013 3:00am EST
for us. james, good to see you. we have been hear, i think, during the course of the morning already from french foreign minister laurent fabius - he has been talking and describing some of the stumbling blocks that remain. it seems that there's still work to be done here. >> there is still work to be done. as you say some talks started, buts only talks between the international parties - the so-called p5 plus one. the permanent members of the security council and germany, who are relating the international community. john kerry is in another meeting with the european foreign policy chief catherine ashton. when you try to get information from the u.s. side, the state department using the same phrase they use persistently using the phrase, "they are trying to narrow the gaps between the two sides." a little more information coming from the french, from laurent fabius, talking about some stumbling blocks and what happens to the uranium that's been enriched to the level of 20%. that being one of the stumbling blocks here. we have spoken to some iran jan officials in the last few minutes
Al Jazeera America
Nov 15, 2013 11:00pm EST
joins us again from abeentayan island. what are you seeing and hearing from the people there? >> well, myself and cameraman mark dobbin spent 36 hours with the rapid relief are force, off the northern tip of cebu. once we got here our car go of rice milk and building supplies were taken right straight across the island to a town called tsa fe. as you can see behind me now, it's been absolutely decimated by the typhoon. luckily for the people here though, there was no tidal surge like they saw in tacloban killing many thousands of people. less than 20 died leer because of the lie winds. so they were just struck by high winds and as you can see, all of the buildings are not standing or if they are they have no roofs. that was the power of the wind and that's what took out their hydroelectric capacity and also their phones and has left them without food. so they were very happy to see us and they are very hungry people. >> are there any of their relatives found? we have heard from many who were searching for their relatives and they have found no one. >> well, here less than 20 people di
Al Jazeera America
Nov 4, 2013 11:00pm EST
new jersey state police say there are no reports of injury. on the phone with us now is our own juan carlos molina. juan carlos, what can you tell us? >> well, john, we arrived at the mall just a few minutes ago. they literally turned us around and sent us to a parking lot right next to the mall. but they have the whole parking lot area near nordstrom on lock down. they are searching for somebody stills inside the building. happened around 9:30 a.m. shots fired near 9:30 near the nordstrom's shopping store inside the mall. they started bringing people out, evacuating people out. they have reports of the swat team is here, there is also a bomb squad here. we're assuming that these are ought preventive measures. -- all preventative measures. reports of one man, with armed with at least a rifle and possibly wearing black clothing, possibly wearing body armor. right now information is very sketchy coming out. but they are bringing people out of the mall and trying to keep people from going back into the mall. parts of the mall were starting to close but there are still restaurants and th
Al Jazeera America
Nov 12, 2013 8:00pm EST
surprising risks using corn to make gasoline. what our own investigation is uncovering from the gulf of mexico. plus, sky high, two cities compete for tallest building in the u.s. and the winner is: and we begin in the philippines. five full days after typhoon haiyan struck, help is on the way but for many time is running out, craig leeson joins us from sivu province. six days from the storm what's the priority right now? you. >> as you say thousands of people in some of these remote areas, particularly in the worse-hit in this cup and that's leitei province on the east coast where that tidal surge swept many people away. the priority of course is to ensure that all of the international aid that is pouring into the capital of the country in manila and also into sabu where we are here in the center of the country that that aid get to the people who need it most. it's been flown into tacloban which is the capital of plvmenteitei island, they are trying to get that distribution network working as much as possible. >> craig stand by, it is difficult to figure out how many people were killed
Al Jazeera America
Nov 14, 2013 10:00am EST
>> hello, good to have you with us. welcome to the news hour. these are the world's top news stories. >> no police, nothing. there was a breakdown of law and order. it shouldn't have been so. >> growing security fears after typhoon haiyan as armed men roam the streets of the philippines. >> northeast somalia is also struggling after a cyclone. 300 people have died and a state of emergency declared. >> a suicide bomber strikes in iraq as tens of thousands of muslims mark ashoura. >> hello, we are in london with the latest in europe, including a allowdown in the euro's recovery as the economy gross a slim .15%. >> farewell to a contradict legend. he is playing his final match. >> aid is finally reaching parts of the philippines devastated by typhoon haiyan. a u.s. aircraft carrier arrived. the uss george washington will assist operations and help helicopters to move supplies. more pictures are emerging from the disaster zone. this is 20 kilometers of coastline ripped to shreds. tacloban is one of the worth hit areas. survivors are flocking to the city's airport hoping to travel
Al Jazeera America
Nov 20, 2013 6:00am EST
long. >> andy joins us from washington. how are people coping with the devastation? >> the red cross tells us a lot more folks have been showing up in the last couple of days looking for a hot meal, donated goods. they don't have much in the neighbour hood of washington. days after a tornado nearly wiped out the small town of washington illinois. some residents were allowed in to see what was left of their homes. >> nobody has anything left. it's all gone. it's just all gone. >> many accepted the kindness of others, taking shelter and a hot meal after losing everything. >> they are here to help. they feel like they are better off. >> for some, like ron, finding family possessions offered a small distraction from the pain of losing his home. >> we have found his mum's wedding rings. >> john's belongings scattered everywhere - years of hard work wiped away. >> it's very sad. coming back to salvage pictures and family memories and things like that. more stories emerged of survival. chris copped a 200 minneapolis. gementing out in the nick of time. his home flattened but a tearful reunio
Al Jazeera America
Nov 15, 2013 1:00pm EST
. >> translator: god gave it a second chance to live. i will do all i can for all of us to survive. we're all suffering here, even the rich. >> reporter: a crowd gathers at the coliseum's edge as another dead body surfaces. it's not many to see the future here, but many say they have to leave it up to god. >> earlier we are spoke to the spokesman for the philippine president. and he has admitted the government's response had initially been slow, but is now making progress. >> certainly we want things to be faster, but let me say this also, when there's been a lot of reports that it has been slow, and we will concede in the first couple of days it was slow. the scale of this disaster was unprecedented more than anybody thought it would be. the first line of -- the first responders -- the line of first responders were themselves victims, so for example, the day after the storm, about -- less than 10% of the police force was able to go to work the next day because either they had died or their relatives had died. once we got there, the first thing we had to do was remove the obstructions fro
Al Jazeera America
Nov 13, 2013 4:00pm EST
democrats are upset here. we are officially a year away from mid terms, but put this in context for us. what was the administration promising? what was it predicting in terms of the enrollment? >> there were figures leaked by house committee that had that number at half a million. when you combine the state and federal marketplaces, 106,000, in this document as you point out the massachusetts model, remember romney care, the president had used so many times before as an example saying it was a model. they have figures here that contend that the rate of sign up was slower then. people have until march 31st to sign up through these marketplaces. there are a lot of people talking about extending that deadline and so far the administration is not budget on that. mike. >> mike viqueira, at the white house, thank you. >>> those who were fixing the troubled website were in the hot seat at capitol hill. lisa stark joins us from capitol hill with that part of the story. todd park was the man on the hot seat today. how did he respond to some of the stinging criticism he faced? >> well, he's the
Al Jazeera America
Nov 9, 2013 6:00am EST
with iran's nuclear talks. we are live with phil itner. can you tell us about the latest round of meeting. what are the issues on the table right now? >> well, morgan, it's hard to say exactly what the issues are on the table or what the negotiation pieces are because much of the meetings are held behind closed doors. we believe on the iranian side of things that there's an offer to decrease their level of uranium enrichment, the pelty of putting a cap on the center fuges that are used in the program and increasing transparency. what would the west give in return - perhaps some easing of sanctions on the sale of oil, and also, perhaps, releasing some of the frozen bank accounts held by iranian officials in foreign bank accounts. it must be stressed, again, these are held behind closed doors, and while we know the talks are intensive, we don't know what is on the table yet. >> thank you phil. we appreciate you being with us this morning. it's been 100 days since the election of iran's president tsunami. many have blamed him for the outlift in the shift to the west. we travelled to
Al Jazeera America
Nov 14, 2013 12:00pm EST
place. that is why i won't accept proposals that is an appeal to override the law an drag us back into the system we'll continue to make the case and even the folks that continue with the old plans they should shop around in the market place. therthere is a chance they may e able to buy better insurance at a lower cost. we'll do everything we can to help americans that received these cancellation notices i want people to remember there are 40 million americans that don't have healthcare system het all. i'm not going to walk away from people that have a chance to get health insurance for the first time and i'm not going to walk away from a chance to help healthcare grow for i for the ft time in fift 50 years. we are w building a system that will help everyone. it's a complex process and there are all kinds of challenges of i'm sure there will be additional challengess that come up and it's important that that we are hon ove honest and straight-forward and when we come up with these problems and that we address them. we have to move forward on this. it took i us 100 years to talk ab
Al Jazeera America
Nov 13, 2013 3:00am EST
. government is helping us, and various other international governments are helping us being an aid. we'll continue to do the support. >> the relief supplies are not always getting to those that need it most. the government is sending in more troops to control the looting. also at the airport a few brave survivors, determined to go back to the disaster area despite all they'd been through. >> imagine the courage of these people here in cebu, at the air force base. many there during the storm. they are waiting here for a c130 hercules aircraft to arrive to take them back to the devastated area. why? in those bags are food and water, things that their families need to survive. the survivors say the government's aid is not reaching families fast enough and going back is their only option. >> i'm scared, but i have no choice. i have no choice because my family is in tacloban. international relief is on the way. the united states directed the uss "george washington" to head to the philippines and provide support. u.s. marines are on the ground. as bad weather closes in, the survivors won
Al Jazeera America
Nov 26, 2013 3:00am EST
occupy state buildings until the government steps down. prime minister yingluck shinawatra has used an emergency law to tighten security in bangkok. tens of thousands are taking part in the biggest show of anger since her brother thaksin shinawatra was toppled. not far away protesters had the government house office and finance ministerry. hundreds have been camped out. we are looking at others taking over the ministry of foreign affairs. despite this the government says it will not use force. here is one of those elections - the interior ministry. you see the number of people there. it's been growing - not all day, but since yesterday, since the interior ministry was targeted by the protesters. it is about three in the afternoon in bangkok. we'll check in with scott heidler - you are at the staging area where people, i guess, are assembling and heading to areas like the interior ministry. >> exactly, this is the staging area. the protesters come, get their orders and head into the city, going to a government compound. the numbers have been growing steadily since we've been here, about
Al Jazeera America
Nov 23, 2013 6:00am EST
uranium. iran says it wants to use it for medical and research purposes, but that technology can produce nuclear weapons, which is why the world leaders in geneva want it to stop. trust is an issue. the p5+1 want iran to allow more people to get in there and inspect facilities. iran wants economicing sanctions to stop. thousands of pakistanis i protesting against drone strikes. imran khan is leading the rally and is giving the u.s. government until today to stop using drones in the counterterrorism program, or it will cut off a supply line. many pakistanis are outraged by civilian deaths caused by drone strikes. >> the wife of an 85-year-old army veteran is pleading for the release of her husband. merrill newman is being detained in north korea. his wife said. . we have more. >> you can well imagine how distraught the family is, and right about this time what is particularly heartbreaking is merrill newman wrote postcards in north korea to family and friends and right about now family and friends in the united states are receiving them. in them are the messages from merrill newma
Al Jazeera America
Nov 15, 2013 4:00pm EST
keep it. the president should heed his own advice and work with us, the congress, as founders intended not around the legislative process. >> reporter: now democrats who are against this bill and the white house say it would fundamentally hurt the federal healthcare law, and the plans that fred upton would like to see offered in 2014 that don't mean the obama requirements are not good for americans. they might not have maternity care. they may not hold the same rate of pre-existing conditions. >> this is not the, not by a long shot, for this bill. >> reporter: well, it is and is isn't. the democratic leaders in the senate have no interest in putting forth a bill that would cut away at the healthcare law. they want to make fixes to the healthcare law. the white house has said that it would veto any bill of this sort. this is how white house spokesman jay carney responded today. >> i will work with congress so that congress can do what it can do legislatively in a good-faith effort to address problems, to improve implementation of the affordable healthcare act. what he won't do
Al Jazeera America
Nov 14, 2013 4:00pm EST
forming this took place, now democrats are threatens to jump ship, tell us about that? >> yeah, that's right. the red states of louisiana, she is a democrat, she is up for re-election, she is sponsoring legislation, that would force the president to keep his promise, if you like your policy, you can keep it. there's also a bill tomorrow, sponsored by a republican, afacting a lot of democratic support. white house officials are very kinked that this whole thing, the rub could be pulled out from under this whole thing. after the president spoke today, she said it was a good first step, but she is going to press ahead. >> the president's announcement this morning was a great first step, and we will probably need legislation. to make it stick. >> to underscore all of this, tony, public poms you hate to lean back on them, but there is one out, it was quinnipiac, that said 46% of those polled said the public defender knowingly deceived the public. if you have your insurance and like it, you can keep it. >> this is crazy, thank you. as the scale of the relief merit the philippines grows so do
Al Jazeera America
Nov 17, 2013 4:00pm EST
illinois. ashar quraishi joins us from chicago. it looks like it has calmed down. a different scene from what we saw earlier. >> absolutely. as you see behind me the sun has peaked out. the tornado watches and warnings are no longer in effect. the bears game with the reavens was delayed. there was half hour into the game when people were sold to take cover at soldier field, preparing for a rainfall, downpour. the wind picked up. they were prepared. moving tens of thousands to the lower concourse. we spoke to people coming out. a lot of people waited for a while. there was talk for the game to resume. there was a question was to whether it was safe. a lot of people left the area. they said it was chaotic - some jumping over others to get out. minor injuries - cuts and bruises. it took 45 minutes for those in the upper levels to get to the lower levels. the storm passed through. we didn't see much, some heavy rain an our ago. south, central illinois, tornados touch downs in washington, illinois, we hear reports of 19 injured. emergency responders are racing to the area. some described
Al Jazeera America
Nov 20, 2013 8:00pm EST
, on the hill. joining us is paula kaufman, a former navy lieutenant, part of the scandal known as tailhook. she attended in support of the senator's amendment. what is your reaction to what senator mccain say? >> it's interesting, where he has the utmost faith in command and the command structure, and everyone does share that same faith. in fact he was instrumental in bringing forth my complaint in the tailhook debacle because of my chain of command basically in fact literally my commanding officer when i gave him my complaint of being assaulted, my boss said, that's what you get. so right then in that moment i knew the command structure was not going to support me and ultimately and ironically now, senator mccain is expressing his deepest trust in that exact same dynamic where the chain of command can handle those kind of situations. >> is he saying he's expressing his deepest trust or maybe he's saying we got to change things so we can trust the chain of command? >> i think he's not in favor of the gillibrand amendment, to change the chain of command. that is my understanding. w
Al Jazeera America
Nov 17, 2013 6:00am EST
next week. they'll come here to discuss the future of us troops in the country. there has been a heavy security presence here for weeks. thousands of security forces have been deployed on to the streets of kabul, trying to stop this happening at next week's meeting. loya jirga hall gather community leaders. it's an afghan way of making a major decision. in this case about whether u.s. forces should stay after their deadline for withdrawal next year. those responsible for this bombing prefer to use their voice in a more direct violent way. >> meanwhile the u.s. is in talks with libya to train up to 7,000 security forces. according to "the wall street journal" the head of command, admiral william mcraven said there was promise and risk. it was a violent day in tripoli after libyan soldiers stormed a militia base killing four people. >> now to the philippines. craig leeson is standing by in cebu. are you with us this morning? >> yes, i'm standing here at the philippine airbase in cebu. we are watching all day the refugees from this disaster streaming in, and further afeed gaahn on the eas
Al Jazeera America
Nov 15, 2013 3:00am EST
with a population of 1800. one report said they were all dead. it was untrue. the survivors tell us we are the first visitors in a week. the islands show the same pattern of destruction. >> government has to help us. we are highly affected and we are getting hungry. we need food. >> many residents decided not to wait for help. tired of waiting - they are helping themselves. >> this village is looking like the storm happened. everywhere you hear the sounds of hammering. people are fixing their own houses as much as they can. not only homes, but livelihoods are destroyed by the typhoon. some fishing boats are intact. others are damaged. fishing equipment has been destroyed by the wind. although relief efforts are underway elsewhere the islanders need help too. we are doing our best to stand on our own. that does not certainly mean that we do not need help because we do and we are appealing to everyone to send help. >> the most urgent needs are shelter, blankets and medicine. there are shortages of water and foods. they have been invisible victims of the disaster say it's about time th
Al Jazeera America
Nov 9, 2013 11:00am EST
difficult to get to these areas. to that effect tell us how search and rescue is actually going. >> well, that's right. if you want to look at the strength of this storm you just need to look at the aerials that show complete and utter devastation across 44 provinces, some 1 million people have been displaced by the storm. they're still trying to get into many of these areas, and now they're flying into the capital of lati and taking in soldiers. they're bringing in certainly forces to stop the looting because there is no food and water right now. >> sometimes you know it's coming and there is nothing that you can do. in many cases they were told to evacuate, but sometimes that's not realistic. where did they have to go. >> well, that's right. they evacuated 700,000 people from the direct parts that they knew the storm was going to hit, but many had nowhere to go. many are now in tents because their homes have been devastated already. so this storm compounded that problem for these people. plane of them, as you just said, had nowhere to go any way. >> all right, we're joined in manila an
Al Jazeera America
Nov 27, 2013 2:00pm EST
. but whether or not that is going to be the case after all. >> mike viqueira joining us live from the white house. thank you very much. >> reporter: okay. >> now to that thanksgiving get awayer, the powerful storm that is making it tough for millions to make it to their holiday destinations. we have two reports, dave warren, but we'll go to randall pinkston at laguardia airport, what is the situation with flights being delayed? >> reporter: we thought the weather was going to be a huge problem today, but we've been checking the faa air tracker and so far the delays are fewer than expected. but of course the day is still young. this is what it looked like on the south. this is what it looks like today in the northeast. the storm system that started in california canceled hundreds of flights as it moved across the country. while there have been some disruptions today it is definitely not been as severe as anticipated. >> this morning we had a little bit of a lull in the weather. so the winds kind of died down. the rains kind of died down. and the wind and rain is supposed to pick up aga
Al Jazeera America
Nov 21, 2013 1:00pm EST
behind after 2014. >> the scouter agreement will give us the opportunity to move from a transitional process to a stable process. this is drawing to foreign troops from afghanistan should be a happy process. if the foreigners leave unhappy, lit be very dangerous for us. i hope you get my point. where he really appealed to the representatives there. he also went through in mine newt detail the last minute negotiations he has had with washington, d.c. part of that, was him presenting reading out a letter signed by u.s. if the barack obama promising that u.s. troops would respect the dignity of afghans in their homes. lose the last minute negotiations had been around the americansomes right to every afghan homes on raids. and it has been settled that would only happen under exceptional circumstances. otherwise forces will do it. now later in the speech, landed something of a bomb shell, on those watching his speech when he said that if the security packet was agreed to, by the -- and then agrees to by the parliament, he would sign it but not until after the presidential elections. those
Al Jazeera America
Nov 11, 2013 6:00am EST
those who survive the typhoon and bond for man la. >> if we are lucky they give us boarding pass we can go. but if not we cannot go. >> reporter: on sunday president obama expressed sadness for them and they landed in the philippines as part of an advanced team to determine what the pentagon may need and u.s. ships who help with search and rescue and the true horror is one item being asked for in large supply, body bags. i'm with al jazeera. >> reporter: as we just reported this is the scene of almost unmanageable destruction. and al jazeera's wayne is on the ground there and shows us how the storm has devastated the city. >> this building shows the devastation that the storm caused, a fairly large super market that collapsed in the strong winds and the storm surge when it hit on friday but it's also a good example of the desperation shown by the people and looting going on now and food from the super market has already been taken so people are now focusing on really whatever else they can get their hands on, picking through the remains of the super market trying to get their hands on w
Al Jazeera America
Nov 27, 2013 6:00am EST
washington. joining us is randall pinkston from la guardia. miserable for those trying to get to their families. >> everyone keeps their fingers crossed. if you leave early in the morning you have a better chance of an on-time takeoff. the arrival and departure boards are showing ontime. if you are travelling along the eastern sea board, into or out of, beware of weather. >> the winter storm barrelling east disrupted travellers. >> i missed my connection for albany. i'm hyperventilating, and i'm really crazy. despite it all millions are determined to reach their destinations for thanksgiving dinner. >> wisconsin. >> iowa. >> 50% more travel during thanksgiving than any other time of the year. bad weather is the last anyone needs. >> it's never been this bad. we travel from school. >> many airports have long lines at the ticket counter and security checkpoints. depending on conditions - delays and cancellations. >> all it does is take a delay at a couple of airports and the wol country is affected. >> air travel amounts to 60% of holiday traffic. nine out of 10 will drive, covering a di
Al Jazeera America
Nov 28, 2013 11:00pm EST
sales increases. on the go consumers are using mobile devices to score the best deals. retailers are spending big money on apps. >> what they are going now, because of instant gratification and technology, they are offering text messaging coupons when the client goes into the store. >> retailers are recognising that consumers have a great deal of technology in their hand. they can shop whether they are at work, or at home. >> half of the consumers are expected to do some holiday shopping. >> many lost everything they own. some of the victims still find reason to be thankful this year. the up to of washington, illinois suffered a direct hit. their spirits stand strong. rows has their story. >> jamieson wagner and his familiar from attending service here when the tornado came through. >> those of us in the room, in the shelter were quiet, we were praying. >> their home among 1500 flattened by tornados. being back in the church puts it in perspective. >> our faith is strengthening us. we have a lot of friends that love us. >> 1200, many that lost their homes - coincidentally 1200 pounds
Al Jazeera America
Nov 30, 2013 6:00pm EST
friday. with the rain we will not be able to do this. this small treat will be taken away from us. >> preparations to get the camp ready for winter are well under way. drainage systems are put in place to make sure the camp doesn't flood. yousef mahmoud says although things are on track, there's a long way to go. >> there'll be challenges, like any other program. we'll support the international community when the u.n. agencies are ready to support them >> there's a huge difference between a camp being ready for winter and the reality of living there. despite hard winter conditions around the corner children find a way to smile and have fun. these children are taking advantage of mild weather before the winter comes. it almost doesn't matter how well prepared the camp is for winter. the one thing that the children and every resident wants is the one thing the aid agencies can't give them - a safe passage back to a peaceful syria. the return to syria is a dream. there are more pressing things to worry about. >> translation: 10 days ago it rained. the camp was flooded. my tent was fl
Al Jazeera America
Nov 10, 2013 1:00pm EST
complete disarray right now. we are standing here at the airport still being used as a makeshift command center even though the airport, itself has been completely devastated by the storm. and the people lining up here, you can see, many of them are trying to seek medical equipment from the military who are assembled here, but, also, a lot of people trying to leave this area. the air force has been busy using the tarmac which is still intact, bringing in supplies to the people here in the form of food, water, medical supplies and shelter. but, also, they have been busy taking people out of here, so many people trying to leave takloban because the town, as i say, has been largely destroyed. most buildings have been affected. damaged, completely destroyed as you can see here and the big problem for people is that they aren't getting enough food, water, and obviously they do not have adequate shelter at the moment. security is also becoming a concern and that is another role that the military must do and searching for people missing and trying to secure areas because looting is a problem. n
Al Jazeera America
Nov 28, 2013 12:00pm EST
went right over the top of us last night during the balloon inflation period. there was a lot of rain. but just as the forecasters predicted. it went over, then the temperature dropped significantly. so it's very, very cold right now. but the problem is always going to be the winds. 34 mile an hour gusts. they couldn't fly them. but the police and macy's made the decision and the balloons flew. i was just talking to one of the balloon wranglers, in fact it was our very own tammy. and he is said they flew a bit lower this year. just behind me just as spongebob came around the corner, he veered over badly, went right over the crowd, and it was a nasty moment, but they man aged to wrangle him back up again, but that's an example of why they take this so seriously. >> and john it is the miracle on 34th street? >> it is a miracle on 34th street and that's where i am right now. this parade started back in 1934. there have been 87 of them. i think they missed two years during the world war years. we had 16 big character balloons, and then i don't thinked that, there were 11 marching bands, 9
Al Jazeera America
Nov 17, 2013 2:00am EST
, keeping us posted. thank you for being with us. >> the future of u.s. troops in afghanistan may have motivated a taliban-led attack in kabul. six from killed when a suicide bomb ripped through the city. the blast comes ahead of a meeting with tribal elders, who are discussing the presence of american soldiers. we go to jane ferguson. >> it was an attack on the place where future talks about u.s. forcers remaining will occur. a car slammed into a military vehicle, as the afternoon rush hour was beginning. civilians was among those killed and injured. >> translation: i have a kebab stall. there was a big bang. everything went dark. i didn't understand what was happening. they took me to the hospital. when i came back to my shop a lot of people were injured. there was a lot of mista smoke dust. >> the plast destroyed cars and had the -- blast destroyed many cars. >> translation: there was huge flames and spoke. i know the shopkeepers. there are butchers, vegetable sellers. they were all hurt. >> police say it was a suicide car bombing here, targetting the afghan military president, whic
Al Jazeera America
Nov 11, 2013 3:00am EST
their hands on items - food, water and something that they can use to build a shelter. most buildings in tacloban were completely destroyed by the storm or substantially damaged. a lot of the people who have been coming here want to leave. their homes have been destroyed or damaged and they want to get out of the area because there's nothing here for them. the flights, military flights that have been taking people away to nearby cebu or the capital city manila. people are saying they are not getting enough help in the city, not getting enough supplies in tacloban. one of the things the military will need to do is bring in body bags - so many dead and missing. a substantial search for the bodies, and for the missing has not really begun. there are bodies lying on the side of roads. also the makeshift evacuation centers set up. they are in need of body bags so they can process those killed during the storm in a proper way. >> wayne hay there. outside help is on the way. the u.n. is sending in a plane carrying 60 tonnes of aid. water purification system and shelter will follow.
Al Jazeera America
Nov 14, 2013 6:00pm EST
the problems with his signature legislation. mike mccara joins us now from the white house, mike, what is the president proposing? is he about to change the law. >> well, he is going to make an alteration to it, and it is about the second time he has done that. republicans say he can't do it, but they are going to do it anyway, and this is in the face of a lot of opposition, and tony, it isn't just from republicans any more, more democrats are getting nervous, they are jumping ship. so the president appears in the briefing room, it is a full mea culpa. how many times did he use the phrase "this is on me." plus his broken promise, if you like your insurance, you can keep it, and that was the thrust of the proposal we put forward today. what he is tilling the accomplishers around the skunks and those folks some fow million of them have been flown off their policy because those policies didn't conform with the standards. they were substandard according to the affordable care act, well, they can again offer those policies. here is the president explaining the move today. >> today we
Al Jazeera America
Nov 15, 2013 10:00am EST
also beginning to worry about what lies ahead. >> translator: god gave us a second chance to live. i will do all i can for all of us to survive and keep the family together. we're all suffering here, even the rich. >> reporter: a crowd gathers as another dead body surfaces. many say they have to leave the future up to god. >> let's speak now to the emergency communication officer for care international. she is on the line in a port near the city. you arrived by boat there. what did you find? saundra, i don't know whether you can hear me. are you still on the line? it appears we have lost saundra, which is a shame, because she has got quite a story to tell actually abher arrival. saundra can you hear me? it's adrian finnegan here at al jazeera, you arrived by boat to the city. tell us about the situation you found there. we're not having a lot of luck here, are we? sandra can you hear me? it's adrian finnegan on the line. i'm being told that sandra is on the line, but she can't hear us. we'll maybe come back to saundra in a few minutes. this town was the first to be hit by typhoon hai
Al Jazeera America
Nov 13, 2013 6:00pm EST
obama's signature legislative achievement. the numbers are not good. mike viqueira joins us from the white house, mike, you were telling us that the numbers were likely to be bad. how bad is it? >> it's worse than it was yesterday. it seems to be less than that. if you're counting the people who were trying to enroll through that healthcare.gov website. only 26,794 people, we'll call it 27,000, were able to register through those states. there were 36 states who declined to do this themselves. they're relying on the federal government to get them enrolled. all told, the rest of the states, had now who have their own website, the total is 106,185. when you consider the fact that ththe congressional budget offie project the number that would be enrolled in the first month, they're certainly falling short, and there is more trouble on the horizon. do you remember the president assigned a technology czar to straighten this whole thing out. they said the website would be up and running by the end of the month. they're slightly changing their pro direction on that. there is still trouble with th
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